Sagehen Emergency Impact Challenge

172% of 470 Donor goal
This campaign ended on May 03, 2020, but you can still make a gift to Pomona College by clicking here!
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An Anonymous DonorElizabeth Dossa & Al matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $100
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An Anonymous DonorJordan Snedcof & Lauren Godsil gave $20 because 10 donors gaveJust for Class of 1999

An Anonymous DonorLindsey (Sasaki) Kogasaka gave $200 because 20 donors gaveJust for Class of 2000

An Anonymous DonorVeronica Roman gave $600 because 7 donors gaveJust for Class of 1995

***Congratulations, Sagehens. We’ve achieved 470 donors and unlocked $100,000. Our challenge donors are thrilled! They have now committed an additional $47,000 if we reach 747 donors by midnight!***

During these unprecedented times, we are asking for the support of all Sagehens to give to the Sagehen Emergency Impact Challenge. Our students and community are facing an extremely difficult disruption in their lives.

A group of generous donors has offered $100,000 in challenge funding to inspire our community to come together during this public health and economic crisis. For every 47 donors to the campaign, $10,000 will be unlocked until the entire $100,000 pool has been fulfilled to benefit our two Impact Funds. Your gift, regardless of amount, will count you as one of the 470 Sagehens essential to support our students. Pomona has created two Impact Funds that will serve critical needs.

Sagehen Student Summer 2020 Opportunity Fund: Many students are facing a loss of critically needed income due to the loss of summer jobs, internships, and research prospects. The College has established the RAISE (Remote Alternative Independent Summer Experience) program to facilitate a broad range of remote activities that will continue to provide academic and professional growth opportunities throughout the summer. A gift to this Fund ensures that, even during these challenging times, students can continue to explore their interests this summer in experiential and immersive environments. 

Sagehen Community Support Fund: Our PAYS (Pomona Academy for Youth Success) students, families and alumni have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 and economic crisis. Run through the Draper Center for Community Partnerships, the PAYS program equips local first-generation and low-income high school students with training and resources needed to enter and succeed in highly selective colleges and universities, including Pomona College - in fact, Pomona currently has nearly 47 PAYS alumni. Many PAYS families have been adversely affected by the unemployment crisis, as many are low-income with limited resources, leaving them unable to afford basic essentials, such a groceries, utility bills or academic supplies for their students. A gift to this Fund will support the PAYS community with immediate emergency needs.

Now more than ever, the Sagehen community needs all alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff to join together. We are deeply grateful to our entire community for your generosity in the face of today’s difficulties.

​Fellow Sagehens - We've reached 747!

I'm humbled by this outpouring of support from our Sagehen community. As an alumnus celebrating his 25th reunion, and as a Pomona parent, I could not be more proud!

We just reached 747 donors to the Sagehen Emergency Impact Challenge. That means we are able to unlock an additional $147,000 in bonus funds for our students and community.

There are still a few hours left until the end of this 47-hour sprint. So, if you haven't given a gift yet, there's still time to make your Impact. Thank you!

Taziwa Chanaiwa '95 P'17
Alumni Board Past President
25th Reunion Chair

1447 days ago by Emily Cardinas
Congratulations Sagehens – we did it! And more good news!

We’ve already hit 470 Sagehen donors and have more than 12 hours before we wrap up our 47-hour Challenge – WOO HOO!

As a Sagehen Emergency Impact Ambassador, I just learned that our very generous donors have committed an additional $47,000 if we can get to 747 gifts by midnight! That brings the total up to $147,000 in bonus funding.

Thank you to the hundreds of Sagehens who have already supported the Challenge, and I hope you will share this update with your friends. If you haven’t already given, your gift of any amount makes a positive impact. THANK YOU!

-Laura Zhang ’19

1447 days ago by Emily Cardinas
Be in the 47!

WOW! Thanks for all of your support fellow Sagehens! We’re almost at 470!


Shuxin Zhou here, I’m a rising junior, sharing an update with you about the Sagehen Emergency Impact Challenge. We are only 47 gifts away from hitting our goal, which means we are so close to unlocking the entire $100,000 in bonus funding for PAYS and RAISE!


Personally, I’m incredibly thankful Pomona created RAISE, an opportunity for students like me to do paid remote research since many opportunities have been cancelled this summer. Being able to do summer research is such a core experience for so many Pomona students, and we gain such a wealth of knowledge by exploring a wide breadth of topics. My Pomona experience possible!


-Shuxin Zhou ’22

1447 days ago by Emily Cardinas
Exciting update: Let's get to 247!

Greetings Sagehens!  

I’m Shawn Trimble, Class of 2020, and happy to share that we’ve officially passed 50% of our goal! That means an additional $50,000 will go to support our students and community!  

Funds from the Sagehen Emergency Challenge directly support the PAYS community, through the Draper Center. We are able continue to equip and prepare our students for higher education. I think the achievements from our students speak for themselves and the program with students from our current cohort receiving scholarships such as the Gates Foundation and Questbridge and being admitted into some of the best schools in the country. We do this work in order to keep students from falling through the cracks before they even start thinking about higher education and when they are in these institutions.  

Thanks to all the Sagehens who have supported us so far!

-Shawn Trimble '20

1448 days ago by Emily Cardinas

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